We tend to look for leaders that look the part. People that say the right things (what we want to hear), and do what we think is right. BUT GOD LOOKS AT THE HEART of men and women He calls to lead others.
Why was David described as 'a man after God's own heart'? Because he was perfect? HARDLY. Because, like Jesus, he was 'gentle and humble of heart.'
We walk from the empty tomb to the book of 1 Peter and see how the gospel is the power to save and to live as one brought to life. And as we do, we look at what God had to do in David's life to make him a man after God's own heart. It is rather humiliating!
But so was being crucified. And as followers of Jesus, we are called to walk as He walked.
Here are this week’s readings:
1 Samuel 15
1 Samuel 16
1 Samuel 17
1 Samuel 18
John 12 (Or use as a day to catch up)
Sunday’s Teaching — 1 Peter 1.1–12
Here is a GREAT RESOURCE to help you make sense of the story:
Be sure you are getting the short In the Word Today devotional I write for each day's reading. The email gets sent out early each morning. The sign up form is on the bottom of the front page of our website. These not only share a little insight the Holy Spirit gave to me on how this reading connects to God's story, but they serve as a model of the READ - REFLECT - RESPOND format we want you to follow to make the most of our disciple making time.
Jump into a D-Group
and join us on this journey with Jesus!
As we journey through the Old Testament with Jesus and one another, be sure to share your stories about about walking in His story! Let’s encourage one another all the more as His Day draws near.
We are letting the Holy Spirit lead people into groups that can look very different. Groups can be — Men | Women | YA | Young Marrieds | Old couples like me and Kerry. :-). You can share or prepare meals together or even do them around a hobby like hiking! THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX! All you need is a Bible and a journal and the power of the Holy Spirit to open the spiritual eyes of your heart. We provide the Daily Readings — handout | Bulletin (on the web) | emailed out each morning. Your D-Group will provide the encouragement and accountability you need. And sharing insights with one another will keep you excited to read more. You can even do multiple groups - for example you could be in one with others and with your family and the conversation will be completely different.
All we ask is that the D-Group participants do the following things:
Do the Daily Readings then reflect, respond and record it in some way (journal)
Be ready to share what the Holy Spirit has shared with you with your group
Memorize the passage provided together each week
Provide support, encouragement and accountability to one another
Consider how you could facilitate a group in the future
If you need help figuring out how to connect to the D-Group, want to lead or host a group, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Keep looking UP! — Luke 21.28